Week 1 in the college football season has been full of excitement and terrific performances. Unfortunately, there also were some performances from notable players that failed to live up to expectations. These are five of the biggest losers in the 2019 Heisman Trophy race from the first full Saturday of Week 1 college football.
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5. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (+2500)
Justin Herbert and Oregon had plenty of opportunities to put Auburn away in their Week 1 duel between two AP Top-25 programs, but inefficiency and second-half mistakes allowed the Tigers to score 14 points in the fourth quarter and steal a last-second, six-point win. Herbert passed for 242 yards and one touchdown, but his costly red zone fumble in the second quarter seemed to reignite Auburn's spark and turn the tide of the game. While Herbert didn't exactly have a poor performance on paper, the fourth-year starting QB still failed to lead his Ducks over the hump in a critical non-conference Week 1 matchup. The loss may hurt Oregon's title hopes more than anything else, since the Ducks don't currently have any top-10 opponents left on their schedule to prove themselves against. Following Saturday's loss to Auburn, Herbert's odds to win the Heisman fell from +2000 to +2500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
4. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (+250)
Trevor Lawrence remains the betting favorite to win the Heisman, but he no longer has sole possession of that title after Week 1. After spending quite some time as the lone betting favorite to win the Heisman at +200 odds, Lawrence has since fallen back into a tie with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa at +250 for the best odds to win this year's award. While it was an easy win over Georgia Tech for Clemson, Lawrence passed for only 168 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, completing just 56.5 percent of his passes. He added 24 more yards and a touchdown on the ground, but Lawrence will likely need to be more efficient going forward if he's going to come out ahead of Tagovailoa.
3. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona (+6000)
A Week 1 loss to Hawaii has Arizona's dual-threat QB Khalil Tate plummeting from +3000 to +6000 in the latest Heisman odds. Tate packed on the stats, passing for 361 yards and three touchdowns, while adding another 108 yards on the ground. However, it was his two interceptions that made the difference in the seven-point loss, and Arizona losing its first game of the season to a non-Power 5 opponent like the Rainbow Warriors could have all but eliminated Tate from the Heisman race in Week 1 of the season.
2. Kelly Bryant, QB, Missouri (+6000)
Missouri lost to Wyoming in one of the more surprising upsets of Week 1, despite having better than 100 more yards of offense and running 32 more plays than the Cowboys. The six-point loss can largely be attributed to one thing: turnovers. Wyoming never gave up the football in Saturday's game, while Missouri did so three times, two of which involved Kelly Bryant. The Clemson transfer finished with 423 yards and two touchdowns passing, but he also threw an interception and fumbled the football. In the wake of Saturday's result, Bryant's Heisman odds fell from +5000 to +6000.
1. Adrian Martinez, QB, Nebraska (+5000)
If it wasn't for the defense putting up two touchdowns, Nebraska could have been in some serious trouble against 36-point underdog South Alabama at home in Lincoln on Saturday. In fact, those two defensive touchdowns were two more scores than Cornhuskers' quarterback Adrian Martinez was able to contribute. The sophomore dual-threat QB finished the game with a total of six rushing yards, 178 passing yards and an interception, which sent his latest his Heisman odds dropping from +2000 to +5000.
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